US Visa Tangles Make Booking Foreign Artists Increasingly Impractical

It’s getting impractical to book Foreign artists to perform in the United States. “According to many involved, the new security checks are downright Orwellian – delays last up to six months, applicants must appeal to a congressman to get an update during the process and there are no avenues of appeal. Moreover, administrators are overwhelmed by some 70,000 to 200,000 applications per year, with most of the backlog occurring at the FBI. The sweeping reorganisation of government branches under the Department of Homeland Security has also meant bureaucratic growing pains.”